Yesterday, London faced its biggest public transport crisis since the London bombings. As I said yesterday, Boris Johnson’s response to this – to do little except cancel the congestion charge – was pretty aggravating.
What’s more aggravating though, is that he did manage to find the time to write a column for the Daily Telegraph, for which he will trouser something in the region of £5,000. Priorities, anyone?
We don’t know when precisely the article was written but it must have been in the last two days. Dave Hill has posted that he spoke to the Telegraph during the day yesterday, and was assured that it “had been delivered”, which suggests it was written either on Sunday evening or Monday morning.
Why couldn’t it have been written earlier, you say? Well, I’d like to assume that Boris wouldn’t be so crass as to spend yesterday writing a column for the Telegraph, rather than doing his job, but since the column begins with the words “Let us suppose you are so brave or mad as to get in your car today, and head off through the snowy wastes.” It’s hard to conclude that he did the writing before the snow started coming down.
Also, what’s with that thing about driving anyway? The whole opening of the Johnson article is an extended parable about the dangers of driving in the snow. This from the only man in the country who encouraged people to drive yesterday, by cancelling the Congestion charge. WTF?
To return to the point: Boris Johnson is the mayor of London. This weekend, while London was trying to prepare for and deal with it’s biggest weather crisis for decades, he was busy writing a column for the Telegraph. Leadership?
Maybe even “Boriz-veztia” might think that this is newsworthy.